Christine Thornton's Art Studio

building skills and nurturing creativity

Library Art Programs for Big Kids Ages 7-12


Programs are hands-on and last 90 minutes, including a PowerPoint presentation and time to create with expert guidance. Maximum 30. All materials provided. Scroll down to see them all.


2019 Summer Reading Art Programs


iREAD 2019: It’s Showtime!


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It’s Showtime! Paint Your Favorite Movie Character

Practice drawing some of your favorite movie characters, like Trolls, Minions and Jack Jack from The Incredibles. Then choose your favorite to draw on watercolor paper and paint using watercolor pencils under Christine’s guidance.


CSLP 2019 Theme: Space


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Galaxy Animals: An Outer Space Painting Workshop

Choose your favorite animal, real or imaginary, to draw on watercolor paper, either free hand or using one of the provided printouts. You’ll transfer the outline to watercolor paper, then Christine will teach you how to paint a galaxy pattern inside of your animal.


Multicultural Programs


How to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls

Join us for this fun multicultural program.  We'll learn about the sacred Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos and some of the cheerfully creepy artwork that comes with it. Then we'll make our own drawings inspired by colorful sugar skull candies.


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Henna Hand Paintings

Come learn about henna hand designs of India. You'll practice sketching popular henna motifs and then paint your own hands using washable water color pencils. A fun multicultural program!


Painting Programs


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Dinosaurs: A Painting Workshop

First we'll practice drawing different types of dinosaurs all together. Then choose which one to turn into a painting using watercolor pencils under Christine's step-by-step guidance.


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Cats: A Painting Workshop 

First we'll practice drawing cats in different poses all together under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll choose your favorite to draw and paint with watercolor pencils, adding your own unique ideas and creativity.


Fall Leaves: a Painting Workshop

 

Capture the beauty of fall with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a leaf from photo reference on watercolor paper.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils and add vibrant color to your painting.


Night Owls: A Painting Workshop

First you'll draw an owl on watercolor paper under Christine's step by step guidance. Then you'll learn to paint with watercolor pencils, bringing your owl to life with colors of your choice.


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Butterflies: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate the season and express your creativity with this fun painting workshop. First we'll draw a butterfly on watercolor paper from photo reference.  Then learn to use watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance to add vibrant color to your painting.


Chicago Team Logos: A Painting Workshop

Celebrate your favorite Chicago team with this fun painting workshop. We'll talk about how sports logos are designed. Then you'll choose your favorite team logo, learn to transfer a drawing to watercolor paper, outline with sharpies, and add color with watercolor pencils. 


Draw, Paint, Go! An Art Workshop

Learn about artist Keith Haring and his signature high energy style. Practice drawing symbols of people in motion and outline with permanent marker. Then add color to your finished piece by painting with watercolor pencils. (Please note, this is a 60 minute program.)


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Paint to the Rhythm

Join us for this fun art program and get into the creative groove of abstract painting. Christine will teach techniques for painting to the rhythm of music using watercolor pencils. You’ll leave with a small finished painting. 


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Create a Quote of Art: Valentine’s Cards

Join us for this fun art program and make a few cards to give to your friends and family for Valentine’s Day. Christine will teach techniques for transferring designs to watercolor paper and painting with watercolor pencils.


"How to Draw" Programs


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How to Draw Realistic Faces (Ages 9+)

If you like drawing faces and want to improve your skills, this class is for you. Working in pencil, we'll learn about proportion and placement of features, how to draw hair, shading and more.


How to Draw Robots

In this drawing class, you are the inventor! First you’ll practice drawing a robot step-by-step with Christine. Then you’ll draw the robot of your choice, either using worksheets for guidance or entirely from your own imagination.


How to Draw Pokémon

 

Learn to draw Pokémon characters with art teacher Christine Thornton. We'll draw all together following a step-by-step process. Then draw whichever Pokémon you want, with lots of worksheets and Christine's help to guide you. 


How to Draw Minecraft Characters

Improve your art skills by learning to draw Minecraft characters. We'll draw Steve and Creeper in 3D perspective all together following a step-by-step process. Then use your creativity to draw whatever Minecraft stuff you want! 


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How to Draw Horses
 

Horses are beautiful animals, and they're fun to draw.  Come learn to draw the basic proportions of a horse as well as some of the traits that make each horse unique.  


How to Draw Eric Carle Animals

We'll look at illustrations from Eric Carle's classic book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? for our inspiration. Join us and learn how to draw some of your favorite animals in the style of Eric Carle. 


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Art is Delicious: A Drawing Workshop

Learn about artist Wayne Thiebaud and improve your perspective drawing in this fun art workshop. Using oil pastels on black paper, follow the step by step instructions, adding your own creative twists with color and texture.


Collage Programs


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Minecraft Selfies: A Collage Workshop

Art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you how to make a Minecraft-themed portrait. We'll use scissors, paper and glue to simulate pixels and capture your unique look.  Portraits can be selfies, a character from Minecraft, or whoever you'd like!


Dreamtime: Australian Dot Paintings

Learn about the Australian Aboriginal tradition of telling creation stories through symbolic paintings, called “dreaming”. Then use collage and tempera paint to create your own “Dreamtime” art. A fun multicultural program!


Doodling Programs


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Tangled Flowers: A Doodling Workshop

Flowers and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this drawing workshop. First you'll free hand draw or trace a flower design to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Then learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.  


Tangled Butterflies: A Doodling Workshop

Butterflies and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this drawing workshop. First you will free hand draw or trace a butterfly to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Then learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.  


Tangled Fall Leaves: A Doodling Workshop

Autumn leaves and Zentangle will be the inspiration in this drawing workshop. First you'll free hand draw or trace a leaf design to decorate and color following Christine's step-by-step instructions. Then learn coloring tips for improving your colored pencil techniques that you can put to use any time.  


Tangled Snowflakes: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful snowflake drawing with Christine's guidance and your own creativity.


Tangled Valentine Hearts: A Doodling Workshop

Zentangle is a popular form of doodling that's fun and relaxing... and produces amazing results. Come learn about tangling and make a beautiful Valentine with Christine's guidance and your own creativity. Can be made into a card, given as a gift, or kept for yourself!